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Recent and Upcoming Fall Faculty Engagements and Accomplishments

Carol Anderson is teaching two new sections of advanced trial practice this fall in addition to her regular course load of basic trial practice and the litigation clinic.  Jim Fuller of The Macintosh Law Firm in Davidson and Ken Carlson of Constangy Brooks & Smith are each team-teaching one of these sections with her.  Enrollment is limited to 8 students who are learning how to take depositions, examine expert witnesses, detect deception in both witnesses and clients, and try an advanced case file.  Several top-notch speakers have come or are coming to lecture on various topics.  Bill Faison of Faison & Gillespie in Durham, NC came to talk about cutting-edge technology in the courtroom using Sanction II software in connection with a Smartboard.  Don Rabon of the NC Justice Academy will be discussing forensic interviewing and how to detect deception on October 7th.   Lastly, David Ball, author and trial consultant , will do a presentation on polishing communication skills for the courtroom later this month.   Professor Anderson is also coaching one of Wake Forest’s trial teams for the first time in 13 years.  She, along with co-coaches Kim Stevens and Mark Rabil, will be coaching our ATLA (Association of Trial Lawyers of America) teams in competitions to be held in March of 2006. This summer, Professor Anderson continued her basic trial advocacy training program for Womble Carlyle’s young associates from all of their offices in the southeast.

Bobby Chesney took the U.S. Army’s Law of War course this summer at the Judge Advocate General Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia.  While there, he also gave a presentation concerning the ongoing habeas corpus litigation brought by detainees at Guantanamo Bay.  He gave a version of that same talk in June as part of a panel at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association.

Jennifer Collins served as one of the founders of a new annual conference for junior criminal law and criminal procedure scholars.  The inaugural meeting was held in July at the George  Washington  University  Law  School  and was attended by junior faculty members from across the country. 

Christine Nero Coughlin spoke this past July at the Wake Forest University Summer Leadership Program on "The Aftemath of Terri Shaivo – What Have We Learned?"  In addition, on September 29, 2005, she presented a session on "The Basics of Medical Malpractice" and she will speak again in November on "The Ethics of Stem Cell Research" as part of the Medicine As A Profession Program for the Wake Forest University Medical School.

Tim Davis served as a panelist and moderator of a Babcock Leadership Series lecture that examined the sports industry in early September.  On September 16, he presented a paper "Select Legal Issues Arising in the Golf Industry" at The Law of Golf conference sponsored by the Sports and Entertainment Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.  On October 14 and 15, he will attend a meeting of the Contracts Drafting Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Shannon Gilreath, who recently received a cross-appointment to the women’s and gender studies faculty of Wake Forest College, has an essay, "Why Gay Marriage Matters," in the forthcoming issue of Pride and Equality Magazine.  He is slated to speak on the same topic at Duke later in the fall semester.
Mark Hall recently presented a paper at a workshop on patients’ trust in medical institutions at the University of Bristol, England.   

Sally Irvin has been chosen to attend WomenHeart’s annual Science and Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, on October 8 – 12.   She is one of sixty-four women heart patients representing 34 states who have been selected.  WomenHeart is the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and its mission is to improve the quality of life and healthcare for women living with heart disease and to advocate for their benefit. The women were chosen following a rigorous nationwide application process. The four-day Symposium provides lectures by Mayo Clinic medical faculty and small-group sessions, including media and presentation skills training. Following the Symposium, graduates are required to conduct 24 hours of community education during the next six months.

Kate Mewhinney’s article "Gifts With Powers of Attorney – Are We Giving the Public What it Wants?" appeared in Jurist, the law school’s alumni magazine.  In September, she was a speaker at the WFU CLE "Representing the Elderly 2005" on the topic of long term care insurance.  At the NC Bar Association’s "Basics of Elder Law" CLE program in October, her topic was ethical issues in elder law.   She is the program planner for an upcoming CLE program for the NC Bar Association’s General, Small Firm and Solo Practice Section; the February program will be jointly sponsored with the Law Practice Management Section.

Alan Palmiter will be presenting a paper and talk this November in Rome at the first pan-European congress of civil law notaries.  The subject of his presentation is "Regulation of the US Legal Profession."  The topic is of interest to European notaries in light of the recent interest of the EC Commission in promoting the de-regulation of the liberal professions in Europe (including lawyers and notaries).  Unlike notaries in the US, notaries in continental Europe constitute an important profession charged with drafting, authenticating and archiving documents in real estate transactions, business formations, and a variety of other personal and commercial transactions.  In preparation for the Rome congress, Professor Palmiter will travel to Brussels in September to meet with other legal scholars from Europe looking at the nature of the notarial profession in Europe. In June, Professor Palmiter completed the 2005 Supplement to his casebook Corporations: Law & Policy (5th ed. West Group) with Prof. Jeff Bauman of Georgetown Law Center and Frank Partnoy of San Diego School of Law. 

Suzanne Reynolds interviewed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the Law School’s "A Conversation with …" series on September 28 in Wait Chapel.  Also in September, she  presented the topic, "Marital Agreements," for the Wake Forest CLE program, "Practical Family Law," at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh and completed for publication the 2005 supplements to the three volumes of her treatise, Lee’s N.C. Family Law.   Professor Reynolds was recently appointed to the board of the WFU Divinity School’s Center for Urban Ministries.

Sidney Shapiro worked with other colleagues from the Center for Progressive Reform to produce a report analyzing the reponse to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. 

David Shores article entitled "Economic Formalism in Antitrust Decisionmaking"  has been published in the Albany Law Review [68 Albany L. Rev. 1053 (2005)].  It argues that antitrust decisions by the Supreme Court over the past 30 have narrowed the scope of antitrust legislation by pursuing a strategy that mainly consists of three parts :  a dogmatic view of economic theory, an attempt to demonstrate that many past antitrust decisions grounded in legislative history and congressional intent cannot be reconciled with current economic theory, and a claim that economic theory ought to trump congressional intent.  The economic theory relied on by the Court is often doubtful.  However, the article concludes that the most problematic aspect of these decisions is not good faith error, but the judicial arrogance that they betray.

Margaret Taylor participated in a conference on Seeking Review: Immigration Law and Federal Court Jurisdiction, held at New York Law School on September 26.  She moderated a panel entitled “Perspectives from the Litigators,” which included the Director of the ACLU Immigrants Rights’ Project and the Deputy Director of the Justice Department’s Office of Immigration Litigation reflecting on the battles over congressional efforts to restrict federal court jurisdiction over immigration cases.

George Walker was reporter for North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section Drafting Committee, Amendments for the Family Law Arbitration Act, Related Statutes, and Associated Forms and Rules (May 12, 2004), a project that resulted in the North Carolina General Assembly’s passing 2005 amendments to the North Carolina Family Law Arbitration Act, to conform that Act to the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act. Professor Walker recently presented a paper on these amendments at a North Carolina Bar Association continuing legal education program in Chapel Hill, N.C. on September 16, 2005..

Ron Wright recently agreed to publish an article about the waiver of criminal defense counsel in the William and Mary Law Review.  Early in October, Wright will talk with students and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law Review about his research on acquittals in the federal system.  This research tracks the impact of federal sentencinglaws on acquittals in 94 federal districts over the last decade. In themiddle of the month, Wright will address a faculty colloquium at the University of Iowa School of Law, talking about his research into prosecutorial screening practices in New Orleans.  And on the 29th of October, Wright will take part in a "Symposium on Sentencing Rhetoric" at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island.